Maudite | Unibroue

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Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Without a doubt Unibroue’s best-known beer, La Maudite is inspired by abbey beers and Belgian double-style ales. It first hit the shelves in 1992 and took the province by storm with its 8% alcohol content, making it the first strong beer available in grocery stores.

That’s where the idea came to tie its name and branding to a pact signed with the devil. The illustration of the “chasse-galerie” (or flying canoe) from a beloved Quebec legend captures the spirit of the beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-26-1998

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Photo of LauraAlberts
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy copper with light amber hues.

Smell: Yeast, Red Fruit, Cake Icing, Butterscotch

Taste: Definitely the cake frosting/icing but not sweet - in a good way - a little spice and coriander with the dark fruit spreading toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: All elements have engaged my tongue - great mouthfeel. One of the best I've had.

Drinkability: A sipper for me. I love this beer. Over the top in all aspects. Not easy to drink - but pleasant to drink.

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Photo of DerrickBerg
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am reviewing this beer with thepeskydingo.

This beer is a dark reddish brown and hazy. Light fizzy head that stays for a while then dissapears. Not much lacing.

Sweet fruity wheat smell.

Initial dark fruity taste that is later covered by spice and yeast. This beer reminds me of a hefewiezen.

Thin mouth feel and some carbination that is good.

This is drinkable beer, very enjoyable

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Photo of ThePeskyDingo
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured vigorously yielding a 2-2.5 finger very very light brown head. Very hazy reddish brown color. with a good amount of bubbles coming up. Yeast is building up on the bottom of my glass.

Smells of wheat, yeast, dark fruits, sugars, LOTS of smells are attacking my nose here. I like it!

Tastes of yeast and malts. I pick up the dark fruits that were present in the smell, as well as some Reminds me a lot of some Belgium style beers.

Mouthfeel is really smooth. Subtle carbonation adds to the experience. Leaves my mouth coated with the taste, but otherwise finishes pretty smooth.

Fairly easy to drink, leaves my mouth coated with the taste of the contents of this beer. I like!

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Photo of jsapunor
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful dark red beer. You can see bits of yeast floating in it while the head disappears.
The fruits and malt are detectable in the aroma but in a subtle way; not strong at all but when you taste it the spicy (pepper) dark fruity notes give way to caramel toffee and malt. This is a very well balanced beer that gets more flavorful as it warms Very smooth in the mouth with lots of carbonation typical for the style. The 8% ABV is hidden too well in this delicious beer. One could lead to another very easily.
I had passed on this Unibroue offering several times choosing La Fin du Monde 17 or Trois Pistoles instead but I won't do that again. This offering belongs right up there with the best of a very good lot.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle says best before 05-09-10.
A: Nice light garnet color with high carbonation producing 2 inch thick billowy light tan head.
S: Typical Belgian smell with dark dried fruit and a hint of grainy hops.
T: Interesting...the balance is shifted more toward the hops. Grainy citrus notes. There is still a strong malt backbone with Belgian spice, cinnamon, and raisin.
M: Nice and light with good effervescence from the carbonation. Very smooth.
D: Very drinkable. ABV is well hidden. Very good, but not excellent. Unibroue brews some quality stuff...especially strong Belgian ales.

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Photo of Beefeater57
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Chestnut brown, fizzy white head. Slight wine red color...

S: Sweet smell, lots of brown sugar. Faint spicy, herbal notes.

T: Very sweet up front, bready/brown sugar sweetness. Slightly dry finish with traces of sourness and yeast.

M: Great body, smooth, good carbonation

D: Delicious beer, very smooth and easy to drink. Highly recommended. Quite pricey and high ABV make this a beer I have on special occasions.

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Photo of JonMich13
2.84/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A = Dark murky brownish orange with a big off-white 2 finger head. Head stuck around for a while. Very little lacing.

S = Hints of spice, yeast and old dark fruit dominated by a rather unpleasant "dank" basement smell

T = Followed the nose closely. Some initial faint sweetness quickly overcome with spice, yeast, and a sour/bitter combo that was unappealing.

M = Thin with medium carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable I guess. ABV is hidden ok.

Not a huge fan of this style, and this is a middling example of it.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured very cold from 12 ounce bottle to beer challice

A) A cloudy, dark brown ale. Plenty carbonation with lacy head.

S) Ginger, dates & root beer. Distinct smel, unique to Unibroue

T) Referred to as a Belgian Dark or Belgian Strong Ale but doesn't taste "Belgian" to me. A very good ale on its own but in my humble opinion, should sit in a different category. Sweet spice, caramel & ginger

M) Bottle conditioned, abundent fine carbonation. Tastes 'thinner' than it appears

D) Maudite is a good ale with its own distinct taste. Very yeasty or is it hoppy? Very something.... Another good beer from Unibroue

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light maple. Big pillowy head with good retention, fairly slick lacings.

Nice aroma of soft, sugary apples with little bit of a darker character from the malt. Unibroue yeast is noticeable, a nice light dusting.

A substantial beer. Nice, big, thick flavours come out immediately. Lighter, apple flavours start things out but quickly give way to dates and then to even darker fruits from the malt. A very light caramel sweetness kicks in right at the end before it is completely overshadowed by the dry house yeast and some subtle bittering hops.

Very smooth with tongue teasing carbonation. I find this to be the most drinkable of the Unibroue strong ales. Very good.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into chalice.

Pours cloudy brown with gargantuan pillowy , off-white head that settled in but stuck around for quite awhile.

Aroma is kind of subdued -- yeasty, spicy, bit of sweet dark fruit.

Taste is interesting -- prickly carbonation combines up front with spicy yeast and bittersweet dark fruits, opens up and finishes with spicy yeast, bittersweet dark fruits, with a lingering, dark fruit and licorice bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel has the carbonation spot on, but a bit watery. Interesting take on the style, great beer but has potential to be even better with a bit less watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep clear brown with a rocky head that stuck around a good while. It's a real beauty with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

The aroma is rather faint, predominately yeast, with hints of dark fruits and malts. With such a weak aroma, I was expecting to be disappointed, and on the palate, it follows the fruits and sweet malts of the nose--but damn is it delicious! This is a remarkably tasty beverage. Though it feels a bit thinner in the mouth than I expected, the flavors are balanced so well, and the mild carbonation is a great complement.

All I can say is more, more, more! (At 8% ABV, that might not always be the best idea, but I stick with my judgment: more, more, more!)

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Photo of tim9887
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip-shaped chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, reddish-brown in color, nice pillowy white foam

Aroma: Slightly boozy, dark fruit undertones

Taste: Fruity, very smooth malt character (almost reminiscent of an "old ale"), combined with a very slight hop presence felt in the aftertaste that lingers for a bit.

Mouthfeel: Softly sparkling & very smooth

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Deep brown/amber color with fluffy 1-finger white head. Good head retention.

S - Lots of aromas attacking the nose here. Sweet malts, Belgian candy sugar, yeast, spice, fruit (but can't exactly pick which). Very impressive.

T - Clove spices dominate, with a sweet malt taste as well. Very complex - hard for me to describe all of the flavors. Subtle hops noticeable, as are a few hints of fruit. Very intriguing.

M - Medium body, high carbonation. Very pleasant - great.

D - Great taste hides the 8% ABV. Easily drinkable and complex taste leaves you wanting to drink more...

A very impressive brew from Unibroue - possibly the best of their bunch. Very complex - I would consider my palate to be at the "intermediate" level (certainly beyond the basic beginner) and there are many notes that I cannot fully place...

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Photo of cnally
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another awesome looking label on hopefully another awesome beer from unibroue.

crisp brown amber color through the beer and a creamy, sticky head sits on top.

nutty, malty scent with underlying fruits like apple, cherry. sort of one note at a time, but nowhere near one note.

caramel flavor with a nutty layer. the malt flavor is smooth, balanced and prevelant initially. there is a good grassy hop flavor hiding behind all the initial bursts of caramel and malt.

creamy, frothy feel, heavy on the tongue in spite of the high level of carbonation.

well, the drink is great. absolutely smooth, balanced but not simple. I could see myself drinking this anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Rich amber color with nice 2" head that leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Tons of aromas make up this one. Easiest to pick out are scents of malt, spices (coriander?), clove, hops, and a hint of wheat.

T- The taste is as complex as the nose, lots of flavors with clove, malt, hops and wheat dominating. Surprisingly sweet initially (don't worry not the gross kind of sweet) and ending with a slightly bitter finish.

M- Smooth and easy drinking considering the high ABV. Alcohol taste is non-existent.

D- Great brew that is really easy going down so watch out for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap 03-07-09 at Morel's Steakhouse in the Palazzo, Las Vegas

Pours a dark orange/ruby with a large white creamy, bubbly head, that leaves behind a spotted thick lace. Smells of biscuit/bready notes, with some spices. Tastes a little peppery with complex flavors of coriander, orange peel, and some caramel. Very complex overall, tastes thin at 1st but finishes dry and spicy with a clean fell. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and it is an easy drinking Strong Ale, another outstanding beer from Unibroue

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass. The bottle refermentation was apparent at this very active pour.

Colour is dark reddish amber with bits of yeast floating in the haze. Pour created an active head that didn't linger.

Smell is a mxiture - malty, bready, fruity - all in one.

Taste - yes - this was a complex amalgam on flavors. Everything in the nose continued to the tongue. There was so much going on here to pick out everything I liked, but it was a great ride. Of the fruit, I'd say a cherry taste came to the forefront the most.

Very drinkable. Easy to have a few of these and enjoy every one.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought his brew on Little Rock AFB at the Shoppette. Someone here lately has requested more exotic and specialty beer and I am eternally grateful for it, as the selection of specialty beer in Arkansas is TERRIBLE! Good beer to the locals is "Bud Light Lime" and "Natty Ice." I am new to the region and am originally from California, which is a "beer mecca," so you can see the dilemma of ignorance I deal with here concerning beer.

I have enjoyed several Unibroue ales but have never had the Maudite until now. Belgian strong ales/dubbels/trippels are not my favorites but I do enjoy them if they are worthy of my palate.

Served, beyond brutally cold, in a chilled 12 oz stemless wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a one finger, flimsy, light brown head. The brew is dark brown, just as a Belgian Dark Ale should be.

Smell: Scent is lovely and loaded with spice and candied sugar. Probably one the best Dark Belgian Strong Ales my nostrils have had the honor to experience.

Taste: Strong, carbonated, malty sweetness initially then it moves in to a more mellow, bitter alcoholic flavor. I can pickup sugar, dark fruits, and spices. The alcohol is pretty well hidden with the flavor of the brew. The flavor isn't as strong as I had hoped for, for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I have had better but in all regards, it is good.

Mouthfeel: Thick and luxurious . The carbonation is pretty nice and pairs well with this brew.

Drinkability: Overall, it's a good brew but I think it could have been a bit bolder in flavor. I will note that it is fairly filling. I would highly recommend this brew to anyone looking to expand their palate but I would like to point out that there is some better stuff out there.

Godspeed and cheers!


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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer last night at Cullen's high class restaurant so I'm going on drunk and high memory...

it pours up a reddish brown color with a great off white head. great lacing. the nose is bananas, yeast, sweet malts. I also taste bananas, yeast, malts. Cant even taste the alcohol. Medium to full bodied, high smooth carbo. A fantastic beer. Another brilliant brew from Unibroue!

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled from the basement.

Poured into a globe, this beer has a dark ruby red color with good clarity. I was careful to keep the dregs in the bottle until later. There is a thick crown of head that slowly settles into a rocky white top.

Aroma is fruity and slightly sweet with apples, raisins, and red wine.

Flavor is deep with dark fruits like plums and cherries. Roasty sweetness gives way to spicy bitterness with every sip. Cloves and banana come through from the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium-plus body but the carbonation is a little much for me. Drinkability is good for the style. As with all of the Unibroue beers I've had, this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of dismal
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, mahogany color with a huge head with nice retention. Leaves a nice lace down the glass from the big head. The smell is yeasty and spicy, nothing jumps out particularly but it's very nice smelling. The taste is also very yeasty and spicy and in the taste some fruit tastes come through. Also a little bit of wheat is apparent. This beer is very drinkable, although I could probably only do a couple in one night but those couple would go down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of marcpal
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the Unibroue variety pack, this was poured into a Weyerbacher tulip. Tasted on 3/10/09.
Bottle Graphics: 2/10. Ugliest brewery art (but good beers usually so who really cares)

A: A nice-looking light brown color to the body. Strong carbonation with a pretty big head that went away awfully fast. Momentary lacing.

S: Belgian spices and yeast. Smells pretty hefty and the clove is the dominant flavor- perhaps some cardomam and coriander. The yeast cries out from this brew- a pungent aroma. This is the first time I have come across something like cilantro in the back of the nose, and I have a stuffed nose which makes it even more impressive.

T: Yeasty in flavor. The fruits shine through and has some sugar sweetness. Flighting finish on the beer. The one knock is that the pepper, spices, and wheat really dominate where I think it could use a dose of bitterness to round it out.

M: Pretty substantial heft to the body with a very dry finish.

D: Another Belgian style success by Unibroue. I did not like the first venture into this brewery but this sample pack turned me around. This is surely not one I would seek out but would be more than happy to have it in the fridge.

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Photo of tittymcj
2.85/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I don't enjoy Belgian beers.

This one pours out a very dark but clear brown with some golden hints around the edges. Great head retention, about a finger throughout, with little lacing and tons of carbonation evident.

Smell is very herbal and spicy. Definitely a sense of the bready malt along with some cinnamon and other strong herbs.

Taste is not great. Most of what I get out of it is just a bitter taste. It also seems slightly sour, maybe a little sour apple flavor. Doesn't taste natural to me, seems artificial.

Mouthfeel is where it really lets me down again. Lots of bitter taste, lots of carbonation, but other than that it's pretty watery and doesn't do much for me on the way down.

Very drinkable beer, despite the fact that I don't enjoy it, particularly because it is so light and well-carbonated.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Two to three fingers of a active/bubbly off-white head; body is a deep mahogany with amber hues along the bottom edge of the glass. Head retains as a small ring, and yeast from bottle fermentation settles along the bottom of the tulip.
S: Spicy, and citrus. Reminiscent of a spicy witbier.
T: Heavy wheat flavors with a touch of dark spice; malty character is balanced by a touch of hops; residuals of spices left gracefully on the tongue.
M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation.
D: Very smooth, with the alcohol unnoticed. Easy and pleasant to drink, meanwhile maintaining a heap of complexity. Most drinkable Belgian Strong I've had.

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Maudite from Unibroue
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 4,643 ratings